Archive for June, 2007

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch Today!

June 29, 2007

I hope you’ll stop by!


Thursday Thirteen

June 28, 2007

Thirteen Things I’m Hoping to do on my Seattle Vacation

1. Sleep. Oh, I have a lot of catching up to do.

2. Write. A lot. A LOT. I’m 35% through the book, and I want to hit at least 66% by the end of the two weeks.

3. Exercise. Yes, having nothing to do from 9-5 while hubster’s at his conference will hopefully force me to do this.

4. Check out the coffee shops. It’s Seattle, after all, and I’m a lover of coffee.

5. Hang out with the fabulous miz Lauren Dane, because she rocks my socks. 😉

6. Any other authors and readers in the area feel like joining us? 🙂

7. Visiting the Space Needle. The Stud has been dying to visit it. He talks about it every time they show it on Grey’s Anatomy.

8. Visit the Fish Market. I do not eat seafood, but I’m excited to see it (not, er, smell it).

9. Go in the underground Seattle tour thingie. Apparently there are tours to see the burned parts of the old city. Coolness. The archaeologist in me screams in excitement.

10. Sample many of the local restaurants, trying to find non-touristy places.

11. Hmm, maybe write IN a coffeeshop. Sweet.

12. Take lots and lots of pictures so I can remember it. Who knows when I’ll get the chance to get back to the west coast, so I want something to solidify the memory.

13. RELAX.

Side note: I will not be doing a TT next week, as the Stud and I will be flying to Seattle! Woot!

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Didja know…

June 26, 2007

…that yesterday it was exactly 6 months until Christmas? Huh? Didja?

*rubs hands together in preparation*

You just wait, dear Great Scotts! blog reader. Come Christmas time, there won’t be two babes (obviously Marissa and me!) sunning themselves on our blog–oh, no. We’re going to be decked out in snow and maybe sexy babe santa suits.

I love Christmas. Not the commercial hoohah, but family time and (hopefully) snow and happiness and love.

Sigh. Yes, I’m a freak. I fully admit it.

But for now, enjoying the *gag* 97 degrees out right now.

My Weekend

June 25, 2007

My weekend was pretty boring actually, but I like it that way. If I get too much on my schedule, I get frazzled and harried and I turn into Marissa Monster. Yes, it’s not pretty. 😉

I read a couple of books:

Lawman by Diana Palmer (she’s such a guilty pleasure) and this book was very, very entertaining for me. It’s done in the usual Palmer style, but the hero isn’t as much of an ass as her heroes usually are. I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much.

The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery, part of the Positively Pregnant series. OMG was this story good. The dialog between the hero and heroine was witty and so much fun. I really, really love Carter Brockett. He’s made my list of Top Heroes of All Time… and I really like his name too! Rachel, she’s a hoot. She’s made my list of Top Heroines of All Time. Ms. Mallery really did a fantastic job with this book and storyline. It’s hard to make me like a contemp when the H and H are irresponsible and don’t use a condom, but she did!

I also was interviewed from Jaynie R. It was fun and reading everyone’s answers was really enlightening as we’ve all got different perspectives. Should make The Bradford Bunch blog fun! By the way, I’ll be announcing the winner of my contest today at noon, CDT, so if you haven’t commented on my post of When Does A Writer Become An Author, hurry up and do so! I’m giving away a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.

And last night I wrote. I went above my word count! Woot! I hit 3,094 which totally rocks and was amazingly easy to do. I think it’s because this story is unlike any I’ve ever attempted before. It’s fun and humorous. It’s going to have drama and witchcraft and, of course, a bit of suspense. It’s a sort of reunion story with Lily and Reed as they had dated in high school. And there’s a mobster who lives across the street who’s annoying Lily because his goons keep mistaking her address for his. 😉

What did you all do this weekend? Do you have any book recommendations to share? What book(s) are you reading or have you read lately?

The Bradford Bunch Interview!

June 24, 2007

The Bradford Bunch has been interviewed by the NEW Jaynie R on her blog.  It’s interesting to see the varying answers to the same questions from authors in different places in the industry.  You can read it here.

Thanks again, Jaynie!

Blogging At The Bradford Bunch Today!

June 22, 2007

Hi all!

I’m blogging at The Bradford Bunch today.  Be there or be square!  (I’m such a dork, LOL)


Finally updated “About”!

June 21, 2007

Hey all, check out our “About” page, which we finally took the time to fill out!

There’s also an easy link on the sidebar of the main page. 🙂

Kate’s Thursday Thirteen

June 20, 2007

This is up a little early because I’m procrastinating on other things, lol. Also, I didn’t have any clue as to what to write this week, so I’m going back to the good ‘ole Jack Handey, my favorite. Here’s another 13 awesome Handey-isms…

Thirteen more Jack Handey-isms

1. Why do the caterpillar and the ant have to be enemies? One eats leaves, and the other eats caterpillars. Oh, I see now.

2. Once when I was in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, I met a mysterious old stranger. He said he was about to die and wanted to tell someone about the treasure. I said, ‘Okay, as long as it’s not a long story. Some of us have a plane to catch, you know.’ He stared telling his story, about the treasure and his life and all, and I thought, ‘This story isn’t too long.’ But then, he kept going, and I started thinking, ‘Uh-oh, this story is getting long.’ But then the story was over, and I said to myself, ‘You know, that story wasn’t too long after all.’ I forget what the story was about, but there was a good movie on the plane. It was a little long, though.

3. You can’t tell me that cowboys, when they’re branding cattle, don’t sort of ‘accidentally’ brand each other every once in a while. It’s their way of letting off stress.

4. People laugh when I say that I think a jellyfish is one of the most beautiful things in the world. What they don’t understand is, I mean a jellyfish with long, blond hair.

5. If you ever reach total enlightenment while you’re drinking a beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose.

6. Marta says the interesting thing about fly-fishing is that it’s two lives connected by a thin strand. Come on, Marta. Grow up.

7. Today I accidentally stepped on a snail on the sidewalk in front of our house. And I thought, I too am like that snail. I build a defensive wall around myself, a ‘shell’ if you will. But my shell isn’t made out of a hard, protective substance. Mine is made out of tinfoil and paper bags.

8. One of the bad things about panning for gold is maybe sometimes you’ll get a crawdaddy in your pan, and you start to wonder if you should give up on the gold and just go for crawdaddies. I can’t make that decision for you.

9. One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. ‘Oh, no,’ I said, ‘Disneyland burned down.’ He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.

10. You know, I think it would be really great to know one of those mad scientists, but right before they go completely mad, because they probably had some really wild parties.

11. If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at the enemy, throw one of those small pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think how stupid war is, and while they are thinking, you can throw a real grenade at them.

12. The first time I ever tried to milk a cow at Grandpa’s farm, I didn’t even know which end of the cow to milk! Then I guess I got even dumber, because the next time I couldn’t even find the barn. Then the last time, I just went out in the woods and lived, with no clothes.

13. Here’s a good tip for when you go to the beach: A sand dollar may look like a nice cracker that someone left, but trust me, they don’t taste like it.

And a bonus, JUST because it’s Jack Handey: For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here’s a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?

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Survey for Kate – Please respond!

June 19, 2007

I have a few questions about how YOU use MySpace, Ning, and other online communities. Permission to forward to any blogs and groups is granted, but PLEASE send me back the answers, either to the Great Scotts blog or Let’s Gab blog, or to katproof @ (no spaces)! Thanks!

1. First off, do you have an account at any online community? Why not, if not?

2. If you do have an account, what do you use the communities for? Promo? Friends? Finding information?

3. What do you like about them?

4. What do you straight-out abhor about them?

5. What do you feel is missing?

6. What else would you like to share about your experience with these online communities?

Samhain’s Best First Line Contest…

June 18, 2007

I’m not sure how this happened, but I made it through the first three rounds. LOL

Here’s my entry thus far:

It had been a long time coming. Margie McKeever had known before the night had even begun that it would end up like this. Yet, she needed to give it one last chance, give their marriage one last chance before she called it quits.


You can find the contest here.